HUMAN SEXUALITY

A season of conversation and study of human sexuality

 

Cedar Park is entering into an intentional conversation and study in hopes to explore what  inclusion means (i.e., belonging, participation, and polity) for folks within and beyond Cedar Park Church who identify as LGBTQ+. This process is happening in consultation with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and is being shaped by the leadership team of Cedar Park church in response to input from the congregation of Cedar Park Church.  

resource list

The pastoral team has curated a list of resources – books, articles, and podcasts – for congregants to utilize. The list includes many resources recommended by the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. While this list represents a plurality of Christian perspectives it is by no means exhaustive. Many of articles and book chapters are accessible online via the document. Hard copies of the articles can be found in the CPC library as well as books that can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time via self-checkout.

Frequently asked questions

During September and October 2021 the leadership team hosted twelve listening circles, where congregants were invited to come and share their questions, concerns, and desires related to this season in the life of the church. As the leadership team listened closely to over 100 congregants, some common questions, concerns, and perspectives were voiced by the congregation. The pastoral team has drafted brief responses to some of these themes.

Posture SHIFT 2021-22

One of the main resources that the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches recommends for churches wanting to have open and honest conversations about LGBTQ+ inclusion is Posture Shift. Rooted in the historically christian view of sexuality, Posture Shift seeks to love LGBTQ+ people in the church by enhancing church inclusion, increasing family acceptance, protecting against victimization, and nourishing faith identity.

Posture Shift offers training designed for church leaders, ministry teams, lay leaders, and family members that provides practical, tangible guidance for real-life inclusion and care of LGBTQ+ individuals and their families in church ministry contexts.

Cedar Park is offering Posture Shift’s digital conference to the congregation in the winter of 2021-22. Through in-person video viewing sessions in the sanctuary and zoom we invite the entire congregation to learn about the biblical foundation of Posture Shift, LGBTQ+ history, the experience of growing up LGBTQ+, and the importance of language.

Cedar Park will run Posture Shift’s digital seminar in four parts – two in winter 2021 and two in January 2022. We encourage everyone to attend Part 1 and 2 if possible. The video content for the in-person and Zoom options is the same. During each session we will watch several Posture Shift videos, pausing for discussion and Q&R.

After the sessions, registered participants will have access to the video content online to review at their convenience. Although we encourage folks to attend either an in-person or zoom session, if you cannot attend either, you may still register and receive access to review the content online at your convenience. Register below. Registration is required.

We encourage everyone to attend all sessions if possible. Registration is required. January dates tbd.

Part 1
Intro, Biblical Foundation of Posture Shift, LGBTQ+ History

Videos 1-4

IN-PERSON in the CPC sanctuary
Nov. 28, 7-8:30 pm

Part 1
Intro, Biblical Foundation of Posture Shift, LGBTQ+ History

Videos 1-4

ZOOM
Dec. 1, 7-8:30 pm

Part 2
Lived Experience, Vocabulary, Pronouns, & Clichés
Videos 5-6

IN-PERSON in the CPC sanctuary
Dec. 5, 7-8:30 pm

Part 2
Lived Experience, Vocabulary, Pronouns, & Clichés
Videos 5-6

ZOOM
Dec. 8, 7-8:30 pm